In his collegiate debut against Quinnipiac Saturday, men’s lacrosse attackman Dylan Molloy ’17 scored four goals, leading Bruno to a 13-6 victory.
Starting in place of the injured Henry Blynn ’16, Molloy notched Brown’s first goal of the season early in the contest. As the game progressed, the Bears took control, with Molloy scoring the other three of his goals in the second half. Molloy’s efforts earned him Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors. After such an impressive performance from a promising, young athlete, it only seems fitting for The Herald to name him our Athlete of the Week.
Herald: How did you first start playing lacrosse?
Molloy: My dad was a big lacrosse player, and my older brother was also really into lacrosse. So I decided to get into it because it kind of ran in the family.
What made you want to come to Brown?
The reason that I wanted to attend Brown was for the school’s great academic reputation. I did not know what I wanted to major in so (Brown’s) open curriculum was also very appealing to me. When I visited Brown, I felt very comfortable on the campus, and I thought that it would be a great fit for me. Brown offered me a great opportunity to play lacrosse at a high level while attending a top academic institution.
How have you been adjusting to Brown?
The jump from high school to college is definitely hard, being on your own, and academically it’s more challenging. Lacrosse is a lot more demanding time-wise. I came from a very competitive high school, St. Anthony’s in New York, so it’s not that big of a jump in difficulty. It’s still a whole new thing — college level. It’s not too bad, though. The transition’s not too bad. I’m getting used to it now.
Is it difficult to balance your academic life with your lacrosse schedule?
Yes, at some times it is challenging to balance my academics with lacrosse since we have a lot going on now that season is in full swing. Coming back from practice tired doesn’t make it easy to do homework, but I get it done when I need to and am able to stay on top of my work.
Were you nervous before the game against Quinnipiac?
Yes, I was very nervous going into the game since it was my first college lacrosse game. You could imagine how nervous I was. But I think it was mostly excitement since I knew my coaches prepared us very well, and I was just excited to finally get out there and start the season.
What’s it like to perform so well so early on?
It’s scary because you don’t know if you’ll continue performing like that. You get a lot of attention early on, which I don’t like because you don’t know what to look forward to in the future or what’s even going to happen.
What can we expect for the rest of the season?
I think we can expect a thrilling season. Hopefully we go out there and perform as we expect and dominate on our face-offs. Our defense is doing very well, and our offense is also looking really good. Hopefully, we can put it together every game and come out with intensity. We should do very well.
Do you have any specific goals for the season?
My expectations for the season would be to come out to every game with a lot of intensity and play our game. Hopefully it will lead us to winning the Ivy League championship.
What would you say is your most defining moment in your lacrosse career so far?
If I had to pick a moment that was a defining moment in lacrosse for me, it would be when I was chosen by my teammates to be the captain of my lacrosse team at St. Anthony’s High School. This was a big moment for me because it showed that I was succeeding in being a leader as well as a lacrosse player.
Which do you prefer: Ratty or V-Dub?
I like the Ratty better.